SINGLE VERSUS DOUBLE-HUNG WINDOWS
Selecting the best type will depend on your home. Be sure to speak with a local window pro who is knowledgeable about which styles and materials hold up best in your climate.
|Single-hung is best for…||Double-hung is best for…|
|Affordable materials||Those seeking a wider variety of styles, color and frame materials.|
|Affordable installation||Ease of cleaning|
|Homeowners who desire unique fixed sash options||Ventilation for rooms with lots of moisture|
|Energy efficiency with airtight fixed sash||Energy efficiency with maximum naturally cooling airflow capability|
|Durability with fewer moveable parts||Safety for small children and pets|
|Resistance to water and air infiltration||Security of heavy double-locked units|
See how these two types of iconic windows compare before selecting the best window for your home.
Versatility of Styles
|Single Hung||Double Hung|
|Can provide a more authentic look in historic homesFixed (immoveable) sash can be any size or shape, like a picture windowCan hold multiple panes of glass per sash (2 over 2, 6 over 6 etc.)||Many manufacturers offer a wider variety of materials, trim and colorsOperable (moveable) sashes do not allow for custom sizes or shapesCan hold multiple panes of glass per sash|
WIDEST STYLE VERSATILITY: DOUBLE-HUNG
Cost and Materials
Both types work well with vinyl, aluminum or wood frames, though double hung require the highest quality of these framing materials to ensure proper mobility and seal over time.
- These are less expensive, running from $150 to $400 per window, as they require fewer moveable parts.
- Because the fixed sash undergoes less wear and tear, you do not have to spend top dollar for optimal frame materials.
- More expensive at $400 to $600 per window because they come in a wider variety of styles and framing options and have more moveable parts.
- Requires the highest quality frame structure to keep the seal of the top sash from breaking down over time due to gravity’s pull.
THE WINNER FOR CHEAPEST COST AND MATERIALS: SINGLE-HUNG
Cheapest to Install
It requires accuracy and expertise to fit windows properly, so hiring a quality pro is key for installation. Window installation costs will vary by how many you plan to install, their size and which frame materials you choose.
- Less expensive at $75 to $100 per window as it is easier and faster to fit in the pieces with fewer moving parts.
- More expensive at $150 to $250 per window because of precision measurements taken to fit these windows with more moveable parts to ensure a proper seal and mobility.
CHEAPEST TO INSTALL: SINGLE-HUNG
DIY Installation & Replacement
The cost of replacing your windows can pay off by saving money in energy bills and increasing the value of your home. Remember that costs will vary based on factors like existing frame structure, number, size, and quality of the replacement unit.
- Costs for replacement window materials run between $175 and $300.
- DIY installation is a simpler project. It has a lighter frame and arrives as a fixed unit.
- Costs for replacement materials run between $300 and $800.
- It’s not a good idea to replace these yourself as they are heavier, and the complexity of the moving parts mean more opportunities for costly mistakes.
WINNER FOR DIY INSTALLATION AND REPLACEMENT: SINGLE-HUNG